Pogonocherus mixtus (Haldeman, 1847) Edit

Arthropods (Arthropoda)---Insects (Insecta)----Beetles (Coleoptera)----Polyphaga----Chrysomeloidea----Longhorn beetles (Cerambycidae)----Lamiinae----Pogonocherini----Pogonocherus----P. mixtus
Pogonocherus mixtus

27th July, 2008.

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31st July, 2008. Same specimen pictured right.

Its curious latin name, small size and pattern make it rather unique not just in the insect world but also in the entire animal kingdom, however it shares its small size with a few other species. This is a Flat-faced longhorn in the subfamily Lamiinae with other small 3mm sized cousins, just with different patterns. Some of its cousins are P. pictus and P. penicillatus. I never knew that longhorns could get this small and I was quite surprised to find this on my window near the end of July. Photographs do not always do justice, seeing it alive and crawling in real life is generally much more intresting and amazing. Another thing that photographs do is somewhat intesify the size; there are many, many occasions when i find a moth in real life that looks a lot smaller than I thought it was by looking at photos. By looking at the pictures to the right with no size you would probably think it is about 8mm+ in size (or at least I would).

I, myself, was quite surprised to discover how early this was named/ discovered. Most of these mini insects are normally named/discovered around 1950s, this one was just earlier than the 1850s!

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